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40 Days by Slowdive

Artist Biography For Slowdive

Slowdive Are An English Dream Pop/shoegaze Band That Formed In 1989 In Reading England United Kingdom. Signed To Creation Records In 1990 And Initially Championed By The British Music Press The Band Scored A UK Top Forty Entry With Their Debut Album Just For A Day. The Band Consists Of Rachel Goswell Vocals/guitar Neil Halstead Vocals/guitar Nick Chaplin Bass Christian Savill Guitar And Simon Scott Drums 1990-1994 2014-Present Additionally Ian McCutcheon Replaced Scott From 1994-1995. Goswell And Halstead Had Known Each Other Since Early Childhood In Reading Berkshire. Initial Demos Were Released As The Slowdive EP In Late 1990 The Band's Sound Was Influenced By The Cocteau Twins And Creation Labelmates My Bloody Valentine Featuring Heavy Use Of Guitar Effects And Muted Vocals. Reviews In Melody Maker And The NME Were Enthusiastic And Two Further Well-Regarded EPs Followed In 1991 Morningrise & Holding Our Breath . Their Debut LP Just For A Day Was Written And Recorded In Six Weeks And Was Generally Felt To Be A Disappointment At The Time. At The Same Time The UK Music Press Had Started To Pick Up On The American Grunge Scene And The More Introspective Sounds Of Slowdive Labelmates Ride Chapterhouse And Other "shoegazing" Bands Had Fallen From Critical Favour. American Label SBK Pushed Back The Release Of Just For A Day After A Disastrous Viral Marketing Campaign Involving Vandalism Of A Public Statue . In Early 1992 The Band Toured The USA With Ride And Then Returned To The UK To Record A Second Album. The Band's Second Album Souvlaki Would Later Become Generally The Band's Most Popular And Well-Received Record. The Album Broke New Ground For The Band Two Songs Featured Contributions From Brian Eno "Souvlaki Space Station" Was Influenced By Dub Reggae Tracks Such As "Dagger" And "Here She Comes" Would Become Indications Of The Country-Rock Direction Halstead And Goswell Would Take A Few Years Later And Several Songs Such As "When The Sun Hits" And "Alison" Continued The Style Of The First Album But With Improved Songwriting. Initial Copies Of The UK Version Came With Blue Day A Compilation Of Most Of The Early EP Tracks Originally Released As A Separate Album In Japan And Some European Countries. Later In The Year The Band Also Released The 5 EP Containing Four Songs Showcasing The Influence Of Ambient Techno The Lead Track "In Mind" Was Also Remixed By Bandulu And Reload Both Then Signed To Creation's Dance Label . As With The First Album SBK Delayed Souvlaki's Release And The Band Found Themselves Touring The USA In The Summer Of 1993 As Catherine Wheel's Supporting Act With No Product To Promote. The US Version Of Souvlaki Was Eventually Released In Early 1994 And Included "Some Velvet Morning" Originally Recorded For The Volume 7 Compilation And Three Of The Tracks From The 5 EP. When Slowdive Were Finally Able To Tour America To Support The Album SBK Withdrew Their Funding Halfway Through Two Further Tours In 1994 Were Entirely Funded By The Band. Simon Scott Left Amidst Creative Differences In 1994 He Was Replaced On Drums By Ian McCutcheon. The Band Had Almost Become A Halstead Solo Project By The Recording Of Their Final Album 1995's Pygmalion. A Critically Misunderstood And Widely-Misinterpreted "ambient" Record Pygmalion Took The Dreamy Guitar Sound And Warm-Yet-Solemn Tone Of Earlier Slowdive To A Newer More Minimalist Extreme Similar To Earlier Dream Pop Bands Such As A R Kane Or Bands Such As Labradford. Slowdive Was Dropped By Creation In 1995 A Week After The Release Of Pygmalion Halstead Had Been Warned Before The Recording Of The Album That The Relationship With The Label Would End Unless He Delivered A "pop Album". A Legend Arose That The Band Was Dropped Due To The Gallagher Brothers Refusing To Sign Oasis To Creation If Slowdive And Their Counterparts Remained On The Label's Roster Although Oasis Had In Fact Released Their Debut Single Almost A Year Before Pygmalion. After Being Dropped From Creation Slowdive Eventually Went On Hiatus Later In 1995. Neil Halstead Rachel Goswell And Ian McCutcheon Recorded An Album Of Country-Influenced Songs And Were Signed To Label 4AD Changing The Band Name To Mojave 3. Halstead And Goswell Have Also Both Released Solo Albums For 4AD. Christian Savill Went On To Form Monster Movie A Dream Pop Group That Continued Where Slowdive Left Off. They Have Released Three Albums Thus Far Last Night Something Happened To The Moon Transistor And—most Recently—All Lost. Simon Scott Formed Televise In 2004 A Group Which Developed The Lengthy Noise Swells And Experimental Song Structures That Helped Define Shoegaze While Also Including A More Electronic Brand Of Indie Rock. Eventually All Of Slowdive's Albums Were Reissued In Late 2005. Just For A Day Included A Bonus Disc With All Tracks From The First Three EPs And The Three Songs Recorded For A John Peel Session On 26 March 1991. Souvlaki Included A Bonus Disc With All The Remaining EP Tracks As Well As "Some Velvet Morning" Originally Recorded For A Compilation . Pygmalion—which Had Become A Collector's Item In The Years Since Its Release Due To It Never Being Issued In The USA—contained No Extra Material However. On January 28 2014 Following A 12-Day Countdown And The Appearance Of An Official Website And Twitter Account For The Band Slowdive Announced Their Reunion With The Just For A Day/Souvlaki-Era Line-Up Including Simon Scott As Drummer. The Band Was Confirmed The Same Day To Be Playing The 2014 Primavera Sound Festival In Barcelona Spain. 2014 Saw The Band Go On A 5 Month 40 Date Long Tour. In January 2017 Slowdive Released Their First New Single In 22 Years On The Dead Oceans Label. Another Single And A Self Titled Fourth Album Followed In May 2017 Preceded By Another Single "Sugar For The Pill". In September 2020 Slowdive Announced They Had Begun Work On Their Fifth Studio Album. In April 2023 The Band Confirmed On A Podcast That They Had Finished Their New Album. The Lead Single "Kisses" Was Released On 20 June 2023 And Later That Month The Band Played The Glastonbury Festival For The First Time. The Album's Second Single "Skin In The Game" Was Released On 18 July 2023 Followed By "The Slab" And "Alife" In August And The Album Everything Is Alive Was Released On 1 September 2023.

Frogtoon Music - Song Info: 40 Days

Seeking Seclusion After His Breakup With Rachel Goswell Neil Halstead Left On A Two-Week Trip To A Welsh Cottage Where He Recorded This Song. "It Hadn’t Been Long Since I And Rachel Split Up So I Was Kinda Miserable About That And I Was Miserable To Be In This Little Cottage In The Middle Of Nowhere.“ – He Says. "It Was About Being Miserable. A Lot Of Slowdive’s Stuff Was About Atmospheres And So Possibly In A Sort Of Slightly Teenagy Way It Was About Creating Cinematic Moments. So I Guess Lyrics Would Try To Look Into It. It’s Like When You Watch A Film It Could Remind You Of Really Sweet Moments And You Kinda Look Into That As A Feeling And I Think Sometimes That Sort Of Stuff Carry Over Into Songs." — Neil In Pitchfork’s Classic Slowdive Episode "The Drums Are Very Loose It Kinda Bounced A Bit More It Skipped And Then It’s Kind Of A New Thing To The Slowdive’s Sound. It Gave Neil Rachel And Christian More Freedom To Sort Of Play With A Sound In A New Way." — Simon Scott Slowdive Drummer "We Were Looking For A More Sparkly And In Some Ways Poppier Feel To Certain Aspects Of It We Didn`t Want To Make An Entire Pop Record But We Wanted To Have More Light And Shade And More Sort Of Feel To It." — Christian Savill Slowdive Guitarist

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